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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,760 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Hyundai Santa Fe suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 112015

Santa Fe

  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. After taking the vehicle to a dealer to be serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V435000 (suspension), the failure occurred. While driving at 40 mph, there was abnormal noise coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The contact stated that the recall remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 012011

Santa Fe

  • 136,000 miles
I drive a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, driven in md, 136K miles. The steering wheel was not handling right in the car, it would pull back and forth while driving at all speeds, it was worse in wet conditions. I brought my car into the Hyundai dealer for regular maintenance and asked for them to look into the steering wheel problem. The representative told me that my front control arm had rusted into the sub-frame of my car. What occurred is what the NHTSA id # 09V123000 recall was supposed to fix. I had the recall maintenance performed on my vehicle approximately five months ago. I think Hyundai motor company should be responsible for the repair of this part based on the time that elapsed between initially addressing the recall and today. Failure to fix this malfunction would most likely result in a crash or other damage to the vehicle.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #3

May 152010

Santa Fe

  • 110,000 miles
When I was driving my 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe at about 30mph, the rear left suspension failed and I lost control of my car. The wheel connecting to it was out of its position by about 10 degrees. The suspension is heavily rusted and I was lucky I was not driving on a highway and no one got hurt. I googled this problem and found several similar cases have been reported to you. So I think my case would be one of them.

- Palisades, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 012010

Santa Fe

  • 32,500 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. She received a recall letter and the dealer advised her that the repair would take over 5 days to perform due to the internal corrosion of the rear trailing arms. The contact did not find that information listed in the recall notice, NHTSA campaign id number 09V123000; component: Suspension rear or that the repairs would take more than a few hours. The current and failure mileages were 32,500.

- Marfton Mills, MA, USA

problem #1

May 022009

Santa Fe

  • 80,299 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The front left trailing arm corroded, which caused the bar to separate from the wheel. The vehicle was repaired at a local repair facility. After the repair she received recall notice # 09V123000(suspension:rear). She sent receipts to the manufactures main office in reference to reimbursement. She received a letter rejecting her claim shortly afterwards. The failure mileage was 80,299.

- Parlin, NJ, USA

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